So last week I blogged about how I removed my photo albums from my office closet and how that was the catalyst for my entire office getting an overhaul. Some of you were shocked that my photo albums got relocated to the garage, others were all for me just throwing them out (I have them backed up four didn’t ways and stored in two different locations). But here’s the thing you might not know. I still enjoy having prints to look at, I just prefer albums that don’t take up huge amounts of space. My favorite method to do this is with photo books. They are so easy to create and thin in size plus they look pretty sitting out on a coffee table without taking over the coffee table, you know.
The main thing to remember here is that if you have a small home with not a lot of storage space, you are going to have to make some hard decisions about your stuff. Society reacts harshly when you announce to the world that you are moving your albums out to the garage (which is heated by the way) BUT I now have a new closet that has become a wonderful space to store so many other things that were cluttering up my home. Do I wish I still had my albums in the house, of course but I refuse to live in my home with too much stuff (clutter isn’t always just the stuff we don’t need and love) when I still have options available to me for storage, even if those options and decisions aren’t ideal or hard to make.
De-cluttering can be challenging for sure but I can assure you the effort is so worth it. That’s how I feel about my closet. What I had to do to reclaim this prime real estate in my home has rejuvenated me. I feel lighter with less stuff around me and I feel like I can think and breath again. It’s this other side of the clutter mountain that has me addicted to purging and organizing and the freedom it brings to my life. There is no secret or magic potion, it’s available to anyone, anytime. You just have to decide to do it.
Now let’s get back to my office shall we? Gosh that was a digression if I ever did see one. I never sit down to write that kind of stuff, my fingers just go and I let God . My prayer is that it helps someone move forward in their organizational journey.
First thing I had to do with my space was analyze it. What did I need to change in my office space in order to maximize my efficiency, how did I want it to function, what items were negotiable and non-negotiable for going back in. This is all part of the planning step of the PROCESS. It’s so helpful to do this right from the beginning. Here were my goals:
- Reduce visual clutter
- Bring in another desk of some sort to function as a second workspace
- Make space for my craft supplies that used to reside in my daughter’s closet (she needed the shelving in hers now to accommodate her homeschooling books – yes a new adventure for us!)
That’s it, those were my three objectives. Once I had them written down in front of me the task at hand didn’t seem quite so overwhelming. Let’s take a look at the before and after pictures before.
Office after. Excess removed. Side table top de-cluttered. Extra chair gone.
Office after with a new table added.
With the table opened up:
The filing cabinet went into the closet and the plastic drawer unit that holds our light bulbs and batteries went downstairs into the laundry room.
My husband cut away part of the wire shelving so we could move the “pretty” filing cabinet into the closet and out of sight.
Craft supplies went onto the top shelf after some serious purging. My daughter got her shelf back in her room :)
Yay, all my goals were met and it feels great!!
I will go into more details about the space in a separate post from this one specifically with regards to paper organization.
If you’ve got any questions about my office, please let me know in the comments. Thanks everyone!
What have you been organizing lately?
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